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About 350,000 children benefiting from 2012 child maintenance scheme

Intake of cases increases by 15 per cent over the last year

The Department for Work and Pensions has published information on cases being processed on the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme, delivered by the Child Maintenance Service. The data cover the period of August 2013 to March 2017.

The total 2012 Scheme case Intake volume was 12,900 in March 2017 an increase of 65.4% when compared to December 2016. This percentage increase is due to a seasonal effect around December each year where the number of applications drops, likely due to the Christmas period. When comparing March 2017 to March 2016, the total 2012 Scheme intake volume was up 1,700 cases or 15.2%.

From June 2014, the process of ending liability and closing all cases on the 1993/2003 CSA Schemes began. Recent increases in the total intake on CMS are partly driven by the case closure process.

The number of cases managed on the 2012 Scheme increased by 11% in March 2017 when compared to December 2016. The total caseload has increased by 31,800 cases over the same period. The caseload consists of 2012 Scheme cases only.

The proportion of exemptions from application fees against intake had remained between 27% and 34% since December 2014 and has averaged 31% over the period. In March 2017, there were 4,370 exemptions from payment of application fees. Of these, 4,340 were for the reason of domestic violence.

In March 2017, the average number of children per case was 1.47. At the end of March 2017, the DWP believed that the number of children benefiting was between 346,800 and 368,300. The number of children benefiting has increased as more applications are made to the 2012 Scheme. In the quarter to March 2017, 357,500 children benefited, this is 13% higher than the December 2016 figure which was 316,100.

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